Rain or shine, Mr Beatnick’s been one of CDR’s most regular attendees over the years. It’s been a delight to hear his submissions. His DJ sets are always worthwhile too. Always one to also champion Sun Ra’s genius, he recently dug deep to compile a stunning mix; the latest instalment in One-Handed Music’s Dedication Series.
Nick spoke of the project here:
“Struck by the enormity of the cosmic task at hand, I ended up with snapshots from a range of Ra’s work. You have the ballads, the standards, the poetry and the freak-outs all balanced in harmony, just as it was in a typical Arkestra performance, darkness counterpointed with bursts of bright frenetic energy. A lot of focus is on the 70s, partly cause that was a prolific and funky time for the band, partly just cause it’s my favourite period. I wish I could have made it 12 hours long and got in all the tracks I wanted to, and the mix wouldn’t have been possible without Kirk DeGiorgio and Max Cole who put me on to a ton of these tracks, so this is dedicated to them with astral thanks. There are other worlds they have not told you of, that wish to speak to you.”
The Essential Sun Ra, Beatnick’s feature for FACT is vital online reading also. And the man’s reachable via the following:
Many thanks to Emily Evans for the use of her superb Sun Ra-inspired work above, ‘Twin Stars Of Thence’, as well as her excellent cover art for OHM. If you didn’t get to see her Calling Planet Earth! exhibition you missed out. Her art will be hung at the new Dictionary Hostel bar in Shoreditch from October 8th. You can follow her to find out more @__emilyevans__ and dedicationtoallthemwomen.wordpress.com.